REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN JOINING THE LSC SPORT LIONS BASKETBALL ACADEMY BY COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THE FORM BELOW. YOU’LL RECEIVE A WELCOME EMAIL FROM OUR HEAD COACH AND INFORMATION ABOUT AND INCVITES TO OUR OPEN TRAINING SESSIONS, TRIALS AND PRE-SEASON TRAINING.
- Players benefit from individual, small group and team training sessions throughout the week (including college holiday periods); amounting to approximately 5 hours of coaching each week.
- Players also benefit from access to open floor sessions, strength and conditioning support at our onsite fitness centre and nutritional advice and guidance.
- The team compete in the Academy Basketball League (London Division), which affords benefits including consistent and competitive fixtures, access to match footage of every league game and statistical analysis of team and player performance.
- The team also compete in the AoC Men’s Premier Basketball Cup and the AoC Regional Championships.
- Players involved in the Basketball Academy programme are not restricted to any particular course choices – they may apply for any of our A Level or BTEC courses and their training programme is designed to fit around their specific timetable.
- Our programme has a focus on quality training sessions that encompass the latest trends and techniques from the US and Europe, with the latest thinking and philosophies integrated into the programme.
- We aim to produce a good end product for match days, playing attractive basketball for those playing and watching the game.
- We place a strong emphasis on the concept of the student-athlete, with a college attendance threshold in place, which players must meet in order to play.
- Unlike many programmes, our recruitment plan is focused locally and our goal is to provide excellent basketball development and experiences to players from within our local boroughs.
Our Highlights of Season 2016/17
One of our major highlights was reaching the final of the AoC Men’s Premier Cup, open to all EABL and ABL teams across the country. The team picked up some impressive wins on route to the final, against Oaklands College (St Albans), Long Road Sixth Form College (Cambridge) BHASVIC (Brighton) and Moulton (Northampton), but could only secure a runners up medal after a tough defeat to Myerscough College (Preston) in a well contested final.
Another of our highlights was the recognition that squad member Deividas Lygutas received, being selected in the all London starting 5, as voted for by Head Coaches across the ABL London Division. Deividas clocked up some impressive statistics throughout the season and was on the ABL leader board across all four divisions in four categories; ranked 4th for true shooting percentage, 5th for rebounds per game, and 7th for blocks per game and overall efficiency.
Our Head Coach
David Lavinier is the LSC Sport Lions Basketball Academy Head Coach, find out more about his passion for basketball in our interview with him below…
1) How did you first get into coaching? Did you used to play, if so for who/at what level?
I started playing the game from the age of 11 at national league level for East London Royals. I represented England at all levels (except senior men). I started coaching when I attended university at South Bank as a player/coach. I played for a while after graduating from university, before then coaching an EBL Division 1 team. After coaching for a couple years I formed East Side Eagles.
2) What has been your progression from when you first started to now (which clubs/schools have you played for past and present)?
The biggest difficulty for me is having to instil the high standards I had as a player, in the players that I coach. My emphasis is that it is diligence not just brilliance that makes a player great! Paying attention to the details of the game is what separates a great player from a good player.
3) What is your biggest career coaching achievement to date?
Being promoted from Division 3 EBL to division 2 with Eastside Eagles. We went on a 16-0 run, which was just incredible.
4) What is the best part of your job?
Being involved in the game of basketball and seeing players develop.
5) What is the worst part of your job?
I guess a player that says they have the desire to be great but fails to put in the extra to make it happen! I always tell players to be extraordinary you put in the 'extra'! As a coach this is frustrating as the work ethic does not match the desire.
6) What advice would you have for young aspiring players?
There are no shortcuts to excellence! When I played, I not only played and trained hard, I studied the game, watched video tapes, pestered my coach with questions, played against older players etc. No shortcuts - all or nothing and if you don't make it pro, transfer that mind-set into anything else you do!
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN JOINING THE LSC SPORT LIONS BASKETBALL ACADEMY BY COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THE FORM BELOW. YOU’LL RECEIVE A WELCOME EMAIL FROM OUR HEAD COACH AND INFORMATION ABOUT OUR OPEN TRAINING SESSIONS, TRIALS AND PRE-SEASON TRAINING.